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Skybound Games & BAFTA-Winning Before Your Eyes Creators Dream Big to Deliver a Psychic Baby in Goodnight Universe

Nice Dream Games’ new innovative narrative adventure announced as part of the 2024 Tribeca Festival

LOS ANGELES April 25, 2024 – Skybound Games and Nice Dream, the Los Angeles-based studio recently founded by the co-creators of the BAFTA Award-winning Before Your Eyes, are thrilled to announce their latest collaborative project: Goodnight Universe. The newly revealed title will take part in this year’s Tribeca Games Festival, part of the Tribeca Film Festival.

In the narrative adventure Goodnight Universe, you’ll play as Isaac, a six-month-old baby developing mysterious psychic abilities. What you want most is to be loved and accepted by your family, but a secretive tech corporation wants you for their own. The game will also feature an immersive “face-tracking” mode, expanding on the innovative use of camera-based technology that the team is known for. 

Nice Dream was founded by childhood friends and developers Graham Parkes and Oliver Lewin, who served as writers and directors on Before Your Eyes, also published by Skybound Games. The studio is a natural progression for the duo, whose talents have proven that gamers crave a unique form of storytelling that can only be found through interactivity.

“The success of Before Your Eyes showed us that there is an audience of like-minded people out there who seek out games to emotionally engage them in ways other mediums simply can’t,” said Parkes. “We founded Nice Dream Games to continue to make games for that audience, which push the limits of what interactive storytelling can do.”

Before Your Eyes debuted on PC in 2021 before coming to mobile via Netflix, as well as VR as part of PlayStation VR2’s launch slate. The title won the Game Beyond Entertainment prize at the BAFTA Awards. It was also nominated in the Games for Impact category at The Game Awards, as well as for Best Narrative at the DICE Awards.

A “spiritual follow-up” to Before Your Eyes with a sci-fi twist, Goodnight Universe will fuse impactful storytelling with mechanics that push the boundaries of interactive entertainment. The Nice Dream team reunites numerous notable talents behind Before Your Eyes while bolstering the roster with new foundational additions to the studio’s growth.

“We are so excited to work with Graham and Oliver and the talented team behind Nice Dream Games again. We are incredible admirers of their creative use of technology to deliver first-of-its-kind gaming experiences,” said Ian Howe, Managing Partner of Skybound Games. “Both Skybound and Nice Dream are dedicated to bringing compelling stories to everyone and feel that interactive entertainment is a medium capable of conveying powerful stories that can’t be told any other way. Before Your Eyes is a prime example of this, and Goodnight Universe is shaping up to be yet another boundary-breaking video game.”

For more information about Goodnight Universe, follow Nice Dream Games on X, Instagram and Discord.

About Nice Dream Games

Nice Dream is a Los Angeles-based independent game development studio from the creators of the BAFTA Award-winning game Before Your Eyes. Founded by childhood friends, the team is built around a mission to craft games that pursue storytelling and innovation in equal measure, to broaden the narrative potential of video games.

About Skybound Games

Skybound Games publishes, produces, and distributes video games across every genre, including the blockbuster The Walking Dead video game series and BAFTA award-winning Before Your Eyes. In November 2023, we launched our first original game in the Invincible universe, Invincible Presents: Atom Eve, to critical acclaim. In 2024, Skybound will build a cutting-edge in-house gaming production studio, further enhancing our capacity to shape the future of gaming entertainment. Skybound Games is a part of Skybound Entertainment, a creator-first company focused on bringing amazing comics, TV series, audio series, film, and video games to dedicated fans.